Preview - Lyon vs Paris Saint-Germain 04 February 19

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Match Day 23
Lyon vs. Paris Saint-Germain
Monday, February 4th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Groupama Stadium

Lyon: 
Last five matches form: D D D W W
Average goals per match: 1.64
Average goals against per match: 1.14
Top Scorer: Houssem Aouar, Moussa Dembélé, Bertrand Traoré & Nabil Fekir (6)

Paris Saint-Germain:
Last five matches form: D W W W W
Average goals against per match: 3.30
Average goals against per match: 0.55
Top Scorer: Kylian Mbappé (18)


The best is very much saved until last on Match Day 23 in Ligue 1 as third placed Lyon welcome runaway leaders and defending champions Paris Saint-Germain to the Groupama Stadium.


PSG's name is already on the trophy this year, but they never seem to lack for motivation, possibly incentivised by the prospect of going the whole Ligue 1 campaign unbeaten. On paper at least, this should be one of their tougher tests.


Only three points clear of fourth, Lyon know that a defeat in this one may bring them right back to the pack in the race for the Champion's League, but will they be able to avoid it?


Lyon's trip to the Parc des Princes earlier this season was certainly one they will wish to forget as PSG ran riot in a 5-0 rout. Lyon did beat PSG here last season though when coming out on top 2-1.


Kenny Tete, Rafael and Amine Gouiri are out for the home side. PSG will be without Neymar, Adrien Rabiot, Marco Verratti, Lass Diarra and Colin Dagba.


Lyon have picked up some good results of late and are now unbeaten in their last six in Ligue 1. They have lost two of eleven at home - to Nice and Rennes.


PSG have won seven and drawn two of their nine away games to date. Those two draws have come in their three most recent away fixtures though, at Bordeaux and Strasbourg, which will give Lyon hope here.


The absence of Neymar is of course a blow, but PSG have weapons all over the pitch and are fancied to do enough to pick up the win.




Prediction: Lyon 1 - 2 Paris Saint-Germain



Harry85

Half time:  1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots:  15 - 14
Shots on target: 10 - 11
Corner Kicks: 6 - 8
Possession: 46% - 54%

Nabil Fekir was the only player booked for the home side. Presnel Kimpembe and Julian Draxler of PSG also had their names taken by referee Clement Turpin.

All good things come to an end, and so it was at the Groupama Stadium as Lyon inflicted a first league defeat of the season upon PSG, and so the last remaining unbeaten record in top European Leagues belongs to Juventus in Serie A.

You are never going to dominate this PSG side, but what Lyon did do is match them in just about all areas of the pitch on the day, showing an admirable attitude to recover from conceding an early goal to come back and take all three points.

It was PSG who struck first in just the seventh minute. Lyon coughing up possession in a very dangerous area and Julian Draxler advancing towards the box. The German then playing in Angel Di Maria to the left hand side who smashed the ball into the bottom right.

Lyon really woke up after that early setback with Memphis Depay causing havoc down the left-hand side. Numerous chances came the home sides way with PSG keeper Alphonse Areola producing one inspired double save from Bertrand Traore and Depay.

The equaliser arrived in the 33rd minute. Leo Dubois sending in a dangerous cross from the right-hand side and Moussa Dembélé getting there before Areola to nod home from just inside the six-yard box. 1-1 at the break.

The home side then took the lead in the 49th minute. Dembélé picking up the ball on the left and driving into the area, Thiago Silva getting it all wrong and tripping the forward just inside the box. Penalty kick. Cool finish from Nabil Fekir into the bottom left.

All PSG from there on in. Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes was in inspired form though to keep the league leaders out with a string of excellent stops. 2-1 final score.

Big, big win for Lyon who have now opened up a six-point gap back to fourth placed Saint-Etienne in the race for the third and final Champions League position. It's really much too late for this result to have any impact on the title race though, with PSG remaining fully ten points clear with two games in hand.


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